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Falmouth school officials have called off the school's planned graduation ceremony because some members of the Class of 2020 were potentially exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

The ceremony was planned for Saturday, July 25.

The school sent out an urgent email to students and parents Friday afternoon informing them of the last-minute cancellation.

"This afternoon we learned that some Falmouth High School seniors were potentially exposed to COVID-19," the email stated. "As a result of this new development, the School Committee held an Emergency School Committee meeting to discuss the concerns and potential risks of holding an in-person graduation. Given the information before the School Committee, and out of an abundance of caution, the School Committee voted to cancel the in-person graduation. It was an extremely difficult decision. We are so incredibly disheartened about disappointing our graduates."

The email stated that officials had always anticipated that something unexpected might develop that would require them to cancel the in-person graduation ceremony, so they had prepared a virtual ceremony. That ceremony is set to air Saturday at 10:30 AM on FCTV Channel 14, on the FHS Facebook page, and on FCTV’s website at http://www.fctv.org/v3/14live.

"We are devastated that we will not be able to offer our seniors the in-person milestone celebration that they so very much deserve, and that we all have been excitedly planning and looking forward to. For this, we extend our most sincere and heartfelt apologies to the amazing Class of 2020 and their families," the email stated. "We will be in touch next week to make arrangements to deliver each senior their diploma."

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